Career Choices for History Lovers


If you are a history lover, there are various ways you can turn that passion into a career. Many careers related to the field of history require a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Historical preservation and investigation are normally conducted by individuals who have formal training in historical techniques.


  • History lovers tend to want to talk about history and discuss it with others. Others like to simply read about it. Many like to do both. A career as a teacher opens up the opportunity to continue to learn about history and discuss it with others. History is usually taught as a separate subject starting as early as middle school. To become a history teacher, you need to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in history and a teaching license in your state of residence. According to Payscale, the average salary for high school history teachers nationwide was from $35,865 to $52,800 in October 2010.

Museum Curator

  • Another possibility for history lovers is to pursue a career as a museum curator or worker. Museums hire archivists, curators and technicians to maintain historical artifacts, whether they be in written form or otherwise. Positions of this nature are available outside of museums as well. Curators work for government agencies and any other institutions that seek to preserve records and other artifacts. Most jobs in this type of historical preservation require a master's degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2008 to 2018. The bureau also notes that curators made a median annual salary of $47,220 per year, as of May 2008.


  • Paralegals or legal assistants work alongside lawyers, completing administrative tasks that help lawyers perform their jobs more effectively. Paralegals do much of the legal research that lawyers need to put a case together. If you have a love of legal history, a career as a paralegal is a natural career choice. You pursue advanced research in various aspects of the legal system and its precedents. Paths to becoming a paralegal vary. Employers look for someone with formal training to be a paralegal, but this can be accomplished by completing a certificate program in some instances or a degree in others. The number of jobs for paralegals is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the BLS. The bureau also indicates that paralegals made a median annual salary of $46,120 in May 2008.

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